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Judge dismisses neighbors' lawsuit over security plan for new World Trade Center

A judge has dismissed World Trade Center neighbors' lawsuit challenging a security plan they say would burden them with "fortress-like" security for the rebuilt site.

A Manhattan judge dismissed the suit in a ruling filed Thursday.

A lawyer for the neighbors, Daniel Alterman, said they were reviewing the judge's decision and would consider next steps. City lawyers had no immediate comment.

The $40 million plan envisions barriers, guard booths and vehicle-screening areas.

The city says the system is necessary to protect a site twice attacked by terrorists. Officials say pedestrians and cyclists will be able to move about.

Residents say their neighborhood would become a gated community plagued by traffic jams. They said the plan didn't undergo proper environmental review.

The judge said the review was proper.

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